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Bayview Oct 22 Press Conference Against Police Brutality
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net)
Sunday Oct 24th, 2004 1:13 AM
Bayview press conference marks ninth annual “National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression & the Criminalization of a Generation.”
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San Francisco (October 22, 2004) – Surviving family members of those killed by law enforcement gathered for a well attended press conference to mark the ninth annual “National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression & the Criminalization of a Generation.” Victims of police brutality also added their voices and spoke of their own treatment at the hands of the police.

Representatives of community organizations dedicated to bringing outlaw police officers to justice and turning the tide of repression in this country took turns addressing the gathering. Groups represented included: October 22 Coalition, CopWatch, Police Watch, Amnesty International, Radical Woman, American Muslim Voice, Not in Our Name, and the SF Day Labor Program.

Corina and Regina Cardenas described how undercover cops shot and killed their father Rudy Cardenas in San Jose early this year on February 17 while they were looking for another man. The February 20, 2004 edition of the San Jose Mercury News printed this account by an eyewitness:

Dorothy Duckett, a 78-year-old resident of Shires Memorial Center, looked out her fifth floor window after hearing a gunshot and, she said, saw Cardenas pleading for his life. "I watched him running with his hands in the air. He kept saying, 'Don't shoot. Don't shoot,' " Duckett said. "He had absolutely nothing in his hands."
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§MCs
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Sunday Oct 24th, 2004 1:13 AM
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§Andrew Soto speaks on his unlawful arrest and treatment by Richmond police
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Sunday Oct 24th, 2004 1:13 AM
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§Mona Cadena of Amnesty International
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Sunday Oct 24th, 2004 1:13 AM
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§Yuri Kochiyama, lifelong civil rights advocate
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Sunday Oct 24th, 2004 1:13 AM
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§"Real and imagined danger"
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Sunday Oct 24th, 2004 1:13 AM
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§Eric Mar of the SF Board of Education lends his voice
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Sunday Oct 24th, 2004 1:13 AM
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§"Yes on 66"
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Sunday Oct 24th, 2004 1:13 AM
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§Poet
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Sunday Oct 24th, 2004 1:13 AM
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§Victim of police brutality, "I will not be quiet!"
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Sunday Oct 24th, 2004 1:13 AM
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§3rd Street at Palou in San Francisco's Bayview District
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name (jeff [at] paterson.net) Sunday Oct 24th, 2004 1:13 AM
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by Andrés Soto
(adcsoto [at] hotmail.com) Monday Oct 25th, 2004 10:51 AM
Gracias to the October 22 Coalition and Myeisha of the Idriss Stelley Foundation for your hosting of this important event and for allowing me to speak on behalf of my family and others victims of the brutal racial violence by the Richmond Police Deaprtment. I only wish I could have stayed longer.

The legacy of police brutality in our community in Richmond is a long one dating back at least to the 1940,s with the attacks on striking workers at the Standard Oil (Chevron-Texaco) refinery.

I urge other victims, suvivors and advocates to use speak outs and electoral activities to not just influence decisions, but to make decisions on such things as police budgets and the weapons systems they purchase etc...

I hope that once I am on the council I can call on the Coalition and others to support our community in protecting the Richmond Police Commission from efforts to eliminate it by the Richmond Police Officers Associaition and their lackeys on the council.

Gracias y Paz,

Andrés Soto
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